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FireWatch: Devil's Knob Complex burns 31,224 acres, 25% contained

The Forest Service has an Emergency Fire Closure restricting public access to most of Steamboat, North Umpqua, and South Umpqua.

Posted: Aug 28, 2021 9:49 AM

TILLER, Ore. -- The Devil's Knob Complex is a group of lightning-caused fires on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest and private lands protected by Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The complex has burned a total of 31,224 acres and is 25% contained overall. It is made up of Smith Fire (16,158 acres), Big Hamlin Fire (13,587 acres), Dismal Creek, Little Applegate, Mule Creek, Section 30 (Railroad,  and Wild Cat fires (1,489 total acres).

Temperatures are anticipated to rise into the upper 80s, with hot and dry conditions contributing to the potential for increased fire activity. However, fire behavior might be moderated depending on amount of smoke cover. Winds shifted to a light north-easterly flow yesterday but have not significantly impacted fire activity and are expected to shift back to a northwesterly flow today.
Air Quality conditions can be found on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog : http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

The Incident Management Team has established a helibase near Days Creek to better support firefighting efforts. For the safety of firefighters and aircraft fighting the Devil’s Knob Complex, a temporary flight restriction remains in place over the fire area. Wildfires are also a “No Drone Zone.”

Visit the Douglas County Sheriff Office’s interactive evacuation map at www.dcso.com/evacuations for the latest information. Residents can opt in to receive emergency alerts by registering at www.dcso.com/alerts.

The Forest Service has an Emergency Fire Closure restricting public access to most of Steamboat, North Umpqua, and South Umpqua. To view the Closure, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices.

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